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April 2017
 
 
 
 
GERMAN FILMS IN CANNES 2017

It's the second time in a row that a German director has made it into the Competition of the Festival de Cannes: Fatih Akin's IN THE FADE (DE/FR, bombero international, Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, corazón international) is in the running for the Palme d'Or at the 70th edition (17 - 28 May 2017). Maren Ade, who presented TONI ERDMANN in Competition last year, is part of the jury. WESTERN (DE/BG/AT, Komplizen Film) by the German director Valeska Grisebach will celebrate its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Another seven German co-productions have been programmed in both sections. More... 

The independent Semaine de la Critique sidebar will be presenting the animated feature film TEHRAN TABOO by Ali Soozandeh (DE/AT, Little Dream Entertainment) and the short ELA - SKETCHES ON A DEPARTURE by Oliver Adam Kusio (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF). The German director Werner Herzog is to receive the Carosse d'Or award during the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs from the organizers, the French Directors' Association SRF. More...

All of the German films and co-productions in Cannes this year...

FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS

German Films will take its marketing campaign, FACE TO FACE WITH GERMAN FILMS, which launched last year at the BFI London Film Festival, forward in its second year with the support of six of Germany’s most exciting male actors. The second phase of the initiative will launch during the Festival de Cannes. More... 

MARKET SHOWCASE OF NEW GERMAN FILMS IN CANNES

German Films will be presenting market screenings of 23 new German films at the Marché du Film under the label of 'New German Films in Cannes' from 18 to 23 May, including seven market premieres. All of the films and screening times here...

NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER

The 20th edition of the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER program of shorts is being shown in cooperation with the FFA. The world premiere will take place in the presence of the filmmakers at the Olympia Cinema at 17:30 on Sunday, 21 May 2017. More....

GERMAN PAVILION

German Films is joining forces with Focus Germany to organize the German Pavilion in the International Village of the Marché du Film. It is a meeting place and contact point for accredited delegates who can receive competent advice at the information stands of German Films and Focus Germany.

German Pavilion #125
International Village - Riviera
Tel. +33-(0)4-92 59 01 80

 
 
NEW YORK WELCOMES GERMAN TALENT

New York cinema-goers were treated to eminent guests and an interactive film experience by KINO! 2017 Festival of German Films (31 March - 6 April 2017) with its program of 11 new German feature films and the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016 showcase of shorts. The week's highlights included German actres Martina Gedeck and director Nicolette Krebitz coming to the Sunshine Cinema in Manhattan to present their works in person. The Audience Award, supported by the FANDOR streaming service, went to ORIGINAL BLISS by Sven Taddicken.

The festival opened with Christian Schwochow's PAULA (DE/FR, Pandora Film Produktion, Grown Up Films) about the life of the artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, in the presence of the producer Ingelore König. Director Christian Schwochow, who was prevented from attending in person due to other commitments, had sent a video message. The reception afterwards was just as packed as the screening and played host to several US distributors.

ORIGINAL BLISS (Frisbeefilms, Cine Plus Filmproduktion, Senator Film) also provided the festival with another full house. Lead actress Martina Gedeck was delighted by the number of interested questions coming from the audience during the Q&A, and the same goes for FOG IN AUGUST producer Ulrich Limmer who spent over 30 minutes fielding questions about the film. The New York press was particularly interested in WILD (Heimatfilm) which was introduced by Nicolette Krebitz in person. Around 100 spectators were involved interactively after the screening of Lars Kraume's THE VERDICT (Oliver Berben Produktion by MOOVIE) when they were able to vote on the TV film's outcome during the Q&A with Martina Gedeck. Another special event saw the screening of the newly restored silent film classic DESTINY by Fritz Lang in cooperation with Bertelsmann. A musical soundtrack for the well attended screening was provided by Raphael Marionneau, one of Europe's leading chill out DJs.

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GERMAN CINEMA IN TURKEY

2017 has seen German Films and the Goethe-Institut coming together for the third time to present the latest films from Germany in Turkey under the banner of KINO 2017 - ALMAN FILMLERI TÜRKIYE'DE. The film event cooperated with Turkey's two biggest film festivals in Istanbul and Ankara who had programmed a number of German productions and guests.

At the Istanbul International Film Festival (5 - 15 April 2017) German films were seen by 5,000 spectators. CASTING by Nicolas Wackerbarth and MANIFESTO by Julian Rosefeldt screened in the International Competition in the presence of the directors. MANIFESTO was one of the best attended films in the program with over 1,700 visitors and an additional screening had to be scheduled after the initial four performances had been sold out before the festival had begun. Volker Schlöndorff also came to Istanbul to present RETURN TO MONTAUK. SALT AND FIRE by Werner Herzog attracted over 1.000 movie-fans. A total of 14 German films and co-productions could be seen in Ankara (20 - 30 April 2017). The event will then travel in the autumn to Izmir, Diyarbakir and Gaziantep.

All of the German films and co-productions in Istanbul...

All of the German films and co-productions in Ankara... 

 
 
GERMAN FILMS MOURNS THE PASSING OF MICHAEL BALLHAUS

The legendary German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus passed away on 12 April 2017 at the age of 81 in Berlin. In 2016, he was presented with the Berlinale's Golden Honorary Bear for his life's work. Michael Ballhaus worked in the course of his career with numerous leading German and international directors such as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Volker Schlöndorff and Wolfgang Petersen. He was nominated for an Oscar® on three occasions for BROADCAST NEWS, THE FABULOUS BAKER BOYS and GANGS OF NEW YORK.

 
 
FESTIVALS

German documentaries at Hot Docs 2017. More... 

CASTING opening BAFICI 2017. More...

TEHRAN TABOO
 in Feature Film Competition at Annecy. More...

German films at BeijingLinzDocAvivBucharestBriveLecceJeonjuNyonGold Coast Film FestivalFull FrameCinéma du RéelIndieLisboa and Art Fifa

Focus on Germany at Short Waves Poznań.

 
 
AWARDS

BABYLON BERLIN wins Prize of the Grand Jury in "Work in Progress" category at MIP Drama Screenings. More... 

Kida Khodr Ramadam awarded as Best Leading Actor in a Series at Series Mania for FOUR BLOCKSMore...

Awards for German films at IstanbulLecceBriveNijmegenAspenAnn Arbor, SofiaCPH:DOX and Cinéma du Réel.

 
 
INTERNATIONAL RELEASES

11 May 2017: 
RICHARD THE STORK in Hungary (Distr.: Big Bang Media, World Sales: Global Screen)

12 May 2017:
STEFAN ZWEIG - FAREWELL TO EUROPE in the USA (Distr.: First Run Features, World Sales: Films Distribution)

18 May 2017:

NELLY’S ADVENTURE in Macedonia (Distr.: Uzengija, World Sales: Indi Film)

25 May 2017: 
MY BLIND DATE WITH LIFE in Portugal (Distr.: Cinemundo, World Sales: Studiocanal)

26 May 2017:
WILD in Poland (Distr.: Bomba Film, World Sales: The Match Factory)

 
 
BOX OFFICE HIGHLIGHTS

The animation adventure RABBIT SCHOOL - GUARDIANS OF THE GOLDEN EGG by Ute von Münchow-Pohl was released in Poland on 24 March 2017 and has reached a box office of around  651,000 euros so far. MARIE CURIE by Marie Noelle has posted 1 million euros in Polish cinemas.

In Germany LOMMBOCK by Christian Zübert has been seen by 190,000 cinema-goers. Family entertainment film CONNY & CO. 2 by Til Schweiger has reached a box office of 564,000 euros after its first week in cinemas.